If you follow me on Twitter (given my follower count, chances are you’re not, but really, you should. Haha.) you’ll know that I lost my phone. My theory is that it got stolen from me, either at Omakase or at The Coffee Bean in Ayala Triangle Gardens, although my money is on TCB. This is the first time I’ve ever lost a phone in all my years of mobile phone ownership, so I guess I should call myself fortunate. I know some people (in my own household, actually) who’ve lost multiple phones over the years, hence, I probably can’t and shouldn’t complain.
The sad thing is, though, my Blackberry Bold is the first phone I’ve ever bought fully with my own money. And I’ve only had it for ten months, too, so that’s another blow. I also know that I could’ve prevented it from happening, as I was a little careless that night (I think I was slightly too tired to be my usual, careful self).
I called the phone company and had my SIM disconnected and asked if there was a way to disable the Blackberry remotely. It’s not like I had top secret information on my phone, but in case they cracked my PIN, I didn’t want them accessing my phone book (see, I’m a careful friend!). Plus there was that whole feeling of not wanting the person who stole it from me to benefit from my phone. So I promptly had my phone blacklisted using the IMEI number.
But one of the things that my friend told me to comfort me about the loss was that I should just think that the person who stole it needed it more than I did, and that it could help his/her family. And against all logic, I started to feel guilty about having my phone blacklisted and rendered useless. Obviously, it can’t be resold, so there’s no helping the family. Did I just deprive a family of eight of their meals? School-aged children of their books and school uniforms? An infant of its milk? Geeez. I’m evil.
Kidding aside, though, what is the right thing to do here? Do you just let the thief enjoy the fruits of his/her “labor” and hope and pray that the money isn’t used for booze or drugs? Or do you do as I did and promptly have your phone blacklisted, so that, hungry children or not, the phone is rendered unsaleable?
Let me know in the comments what you’d do. I’d really like to know.